Leonardo boosts #T-TeC 2021 space tech competition for students

Leonardo boosts #T-TeC 2021 space tech competition for students

T-TeC stands for Telespazio Technology Contest, with Telespazio being the Rome-based space flight services company, a JV owned by Leonardo and Thales.

The #T-TeC 2021 competition gives the chance for entrants to see their ideas and solutions turned into a live business project.

Aerospace engineering company Leonardo is urging the UK’s University students to apply, to compete with counterparts from around the world. It could, it says, give them their first steps into the global space industry, with the chance to see their solutions turned into a live business project.

Leonardo boosts #T-TeC 2021 space tech competition for students“Working in the space sector could supercharge the careers of a new generation of talent, as they will have the chance to work alongside world leading scientists and engineers not just in the UK but all over the world,” said Leonardo’s Space Programme Manager Keith Barnes (right).

“We need to grow skills in the UK to bolster our economy and nurture international careers that push the boundaries of space innovation. The challenges set are exciting- I’m betting the solutions will be too!”

Barnes currently supports technology that is being used on NASA’s Bennu Asteroid Spacecraft Osiris-Rex (“Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer”) which – having collected a sample – is now in the process of making its way back to earth.


Students and researchers, from universities and departments all over the world, have until 14 November to submit their solution for one of four key categories, judged to be of critical importance to the future of the space sector.

These are: ‘Space Exploration’, ‘In-Orbit Servicing’, ‘GeoInformation Applications and Platforms’ and ‘Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management’.


Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of representatives from Leonardo, Telespazio, space agencies and other industry experts.

There are cash prizes worth €10,000 (1st prize), €6,000 (2nd prize) and €4,000 (3rd prize).

There will also be the possibility of funding research contracts or collaborations for the most promising ideas.

You can find more information and details on how to enter on the #T-TeC 2021 website.

Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona – Artist’s conception of NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu

See also: OSIRIS-REx spacecraft heads home with asteroid samples and data

Author: Yoyokuo